​National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA)

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)

Certification Prep Course

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~Bruce Lee


Should you consider a strength and conditioning certification?

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCS® consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.

Certifications for any specialized discipline imparts a degree of authority on the subject matter they cover. Becoming a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® conveys:

  • You know the science behind strength and conditioning training
  • You have fundamental knowledge of nutritional requirements for athletes
  • You are well educated (NSCA CSCS® certification requires a bachelor's degree)
  • You can handle emergency situations (requires AED and CPR training)

Your certification gives you credibility in the eyes of patients, employers and colleagues. Your clients know you value quality, they know you're knowledgeable and qualified to serve their unique needs, and they know you're committed to professional excellence.

Take your career to the next level.

About the CSCS® exam

To earn the CSCS® credential, candidates are required to pass a challenging written examination that includes two exam sessions:

  1. Scientific Foundations
  2. Practical/Applied

The Scientific Foundations exam contains 80 scored multiple-choice questions, is 1.5 hours in length, and designed to assess a candidate's knowledge in the areas of exercise sciences (anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, etc.) and nutrition.

The Practical/Applied exam contains 110 scored questions, is 2.5 hours in length and designed to assess a candidate's knowledge of program design, exercise techniques, testing and evaluation, and organization/ administration. There are 30-40 video and/or image items that assess competencies in exercise technique, functional anatomy, and testing procedures.

NSCA statistics indicate the passing rate for the CSCS® exam is 63%.

Increase your likelihood of success!

The University Wisconsin-Stevens Point offers a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® exam preparation course that meets face-to-face; a small amount of additional course work is completed online.

Our highly educated and experienced instructors, Tiff Akins and Sam Kent, will teach and break down exam content in a meaningful way through classroom discussion and hands-on training. Spend your valuable time efficiently by focusing your studies on the most relevant exam content. Class enrollment is limited to 24 students. Sign up today! 

Prior course work in physiology is strongly encouraged but not required for this course.

Two enrollment options!

Not for credit option

Registration Fee
Noncredit $229



 Earn one college credit

Register for summer course HP/W 490 section 881 Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® Prep Course:

Credit students must register by calling Registration and Records at 715-346-4301.

Estimated Tuition
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Class enrollment is limited to 24 students. 

Which do I choose? 

If you are currently enrolled in an academic program working toward your bachelor's or master's degree, earning the college credit may advantageous. If you are a current working professional and want to be ready on exam day, the noncredit option may be best. Attendees may choose either option based on their preference.

Course content for either option is exactly the same.

Be ready on exam day!


Links of Interest

CSCS Exam Description

CSCS Exam Prerequisites

UWSP Strength Fitness Center

Membership Fees

Strength Fitness Center Online UWSP Student Membership

UWSP students wishing to register for the 1-credit course, HP/W 490 sec. 881 NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, must register for the class by calling Registration and Records to have the class added to their course schedule.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted for the noncredit option upon written request to Jennifer Hess or Dotty Mansavage when received by July 10, 2017. Refunds requested after July 10, 2017 will be assessed a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given after July 17, 2017. No shows and those cancelling after July 17, 2017, are responsible for the full course fee.

​Contact Jennifer.Hess@uwsp.edu or  Dotty.Mansavage@uwsp.edu for additional information.
​Contact Tiffany.Akins@uwsp.edu for course content/curriculum questions.
Call Customer Service at 715-346-3838 for noncredit registration assistance.
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